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Saaspoint Appointed Advisor to Irish Government Agency to Deliver Cloud Computing Based Program to Irish Software Sector

As part of a program to create a knowledge based economy, Irish Government agency, Enterprise Ireland (EI) has appointed international cloud computing specialist, Saaspoint to deliver and manage a SaaS transition program, helping indigenous Irish software companies develop their products on a cloud platform.

Cloud computing is the term applied to Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications delivered over the Internet. Merrill Lynch has estimated that the global market for cloud computing business applications will reach almost $100 billion by 2011. Enterprise Ireland is the Irish Government agency responsible for the development and promotion of indigenous business. Its goal is to develop world-class Irish companies.

“Ireland has a great opportunity to be a global centre of excellence for cloud computing,” commented Jim Cuddy, Manager Enterprise and Finance Software, Enterprise Ireland. “We already have the international industry leaders located here such as Google and salesforce.com. As part of our recently announced software strategy, we need to leverage SaaS capabilities into the indigenous software sector.”

The Saaspoint deal, which was won following an international tender, is under EI’s Innovation Capability Building Programme for Software. “We selected Saaspoint because of their people, their proven global track record in implementing cloud computing across thousands of users and their experience in developing their own cloud computing applications,” added Jim Cuddy.

“Cloud computing is the fastest growing sector in the international software industry and represents a huge opportunity for Irish software companies,” commented John Appleby, chairman, Saaspoint. “It has been estimated that spend on IT cloud services is growing at over five times the rate of traditional on premise software.”

He added, “Cloud Computing now enables Irish software companies to base their success on creativity and innovation rather than the huge investments in platforms and distribution of traditional software companies.”

Founded in 2005, Irish owned Saaspoint specialises in helping global companies adopt and integrate cloud computing. Saaspoint’s partners include salesforce.com, Google and others. The company has also developed its own cloud computing products which have been sold across three continents. Many of its staff and founders were early employees of US quoted salesforce.com which is recognised as the pioneer in cloud computing.

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